Now that the latest general election campaign has drawn to a close here in the UK I'm sure that I'm not the only one who would like to forget about politics for a while, but that may well be wishful thinking given the outcome! It's hard not to feel downbeat after seven weeks of political acrimony set against a backdrop of appalling tragedy in two of our major cities. The late MP Jo Cox, who died a year ago, maintained that there is more to unite than to divide us. This is a concept to hang on to in the face of seemingly overwhelming contradictory evidence.
I had the good fortune of setting off on Thursday on a journey to the north of Denmark. I am going to visit the Isager folk who are based in Northern Jutland. I am so looking forward to the train journey via Belgium and Germany and to meeting the Isager team and others who will be there. We will have a weekend of workshops, a chance to see new yarns, garments and all things Isager-related, as well as exploring the coastline where the North Sea meets the Baltic.
In the knitting world there is not a lot to get worked up about. In fact quite the opposite. I have noticed how often of late people make reference to the calming effect of knitting and other crafts and the pleasure it brings to share one's creative urge with others. In this we are certainly united. Politicians come and go, many of them with motives as altruistic as those of Jo Cox. I wish them well but am secretly relieved to think that the bluster may have died down by the time I return from Denmark in a supremely calm condition next week. Let's hope that the Hygge-effect lasts, at least until the next time we go into electoral battle.
P.S. Don't forget to come along to the store on Saturday afternoon (see item 2 below) for our Rowan Yarn Tasting Event which runs from 2pm to 5pm (drop in anytime during that period to meet the local Rowan Yarns rep Katie).
Here's Karen on her way to Denmark, refueling in Brussels.
And for anyone who has forgotten it is summer already, here are last week's Thursday Knit Club gang enjoying the outdoor life on North Parade (we were back indoors last night).